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Lockable media storage box with lock and key

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald K. Burdett, Michael S. Jaeb, Ronald M. Marsilio, Nicholas M. Sedon, James M. Byrne, Christopher G. Gallagher

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A lockable media storage box includes a base and a lid connected to the base with at least one hinge. The base and lid include elements that cooperate with a locking to allows the lid to be locked in the closed position. In one embodiment, the lock is received in the concave opening disposed at the front of the storage container. The lock may be unlocked with a special key or may be unlocked by destroying portions of the lock that are designed to be destroyed. In another embodiment of the invention, a sliding lock is carried by the container. The sliding lock may be carried inside the container or on the front wall of the container.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of an open media storage box having locking holes according to the concepts of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the storage box depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 3 is a front view of the first embodiment of lock for the media storage box of FIG.

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FIG. 4 is a top view of the lock depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 5 is a rear view of the lock depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 6 is a top view of a key for the lock depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 7 is a rear view of the key depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 8 is a side view of the key depicted in FIG. 6 taken from the left side;

FIG. 9 is a sectional view taken along line

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9 of FIG.

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FIG. 10 is a front view of the first embodiment of the lock in locked engagement with the media storage box depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 11 is a sectional view taken along line

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11 of FIG. 10 showing the locking fingers of the lock engaged with the locking holes of the media storage box.

FIG. 12 is a section view similar to FIG. 11 with the key of FIG. 6 in a fully engaged position having moved the locking fingers into a disengaged position.

FIG. 13 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 11 with the key in the fully engaged position and the lock completely disengaged from the media storage box.

FIG. 14 is a sectional view taken along line

14

14 of FIG. 11 showing the locking pins of the lock in fully engaged positions.

FIG. 15 is a sectional view taken along line

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15 of FIG. 1

1 showing one of the locking tabs of the lid in a fully engaged position.

FIG. 16 is a sectional view taken along line

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16 of FIG. 12 showing the chiseled tangs of the key engaging the cantilevered arms of the lock.

FIG. 17 is a front view of a second embodiment of a lock for the media storage box of FIG.

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FIG. 18 is a top view of the lock depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 19 is a rear view of the lock depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 20 is a top view of a key for the lock depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 21 is a front view of the second embodiment of the lock in locked engagement with the media storage box depicted in FIG.

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FIG. 22 is a sectional view taken along line

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22 of FIG. 21 showing one locking finger of the lock engaging a locking hole of the media storage box.

FIG. 23 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 22 with the key of FIG. 20 in a fully engaged position showing the locking finger of the lock disengaged from the locking hole.

FIG. 24 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 23 with the key of FIG. 20 in the fully engaged position and lock completely disengaged from the media storage box.

FIG. 25 is a sectional view taken along line

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25 in FIG. 22 showing the locking pins of the lock engaged with the locking holes of the media storage box.

FIG. 26 is a perspective view of alternative embodiment of the media storage box having locking holes according to the concepts of the present invention.

FIG. 27 is a top plan view of another embodiment of the security storage container of the present invention.

FIG. 28 is a side elevational view of the security storage container in an open configuration.

FIG. 29 is a front elevational view of the base portion of the security storage container of FIG.

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FIG. 30 is a front elevational view of the lid portion of the security storage container of FIG.

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FIG. 31 is a sectional view taken along line

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31 of FIG.

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FIG. 32 is a view taken along line

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32 of FIG.

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FIG. 33 is a sectional view taken along line

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33 of FIG.

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FIG. 34 is a rear elevational view of the lock for the container of FIG.

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FIG. 35 is a side elevational view of the lock of FIG.

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FIG. 36 is a top plan view of the lock of FIG.

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FIG. 37 is a side elevational view of the lock of FIG.

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FIG. 38 is a side view of the security storage container in a closed configuration.

FIG. 39 is a sectional view taken along line

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39 of FIG.

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FIG. 40 is a sectional view taken along line

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40 of FIG.

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FIG. 41 is a view similar to FIG. 40 showing a container in a closed configuration.

FIG. 42 is a sectional view taken through one of the latches of the container when the lid is closed.

FIG. 43 is a top plan view of a first embodiment of the key.

FIG. 44 is a sectional view taken along line

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44 of FIG.

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FIG. 45 is a sectional view of the hub and retaining ring in a closed configuration holding a CD or DVD in the security storage container.

FIG. 46 is a sectional view of the container in a closed configuration with the lock being aligned for insertion.

FIG. 47 is a view similar to FIG. 46 showing the lock in the inserted and locked position.

FIG. 48 is a sectional view taken along line

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48 of FIG.

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FIG. 49 is a view, partially in section, of the container being lowered onto the key.

FIG. 50 is a view similar to FIG. 49 showing the container depressing the moveable portion of the key with the key pins inserted into the lock.

FIG. 51 is a view similar to FIG. 46 showing the key pins releasing the lock fingers from the container.

FIG. 52 is a view similar to FIG. 46 showing the lock being removed from the container.

FIG. 53 is a view similar to FIG. 49 showing the container being moved from the key with the lock being held on the key.

FIG. 54 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the security storage container of the present invention.

FIG. 55 is a view similar to FIG. 54 with the lock inserted within the lock reception cavity.

FIG. 56 is a sectional view taken along line

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56 of FIG.

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FIG. 57 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the security storage container showing the lock in a locked position.

FIG. 58 is a sectional view taken along line

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58 of FIG.

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FIG. 59 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the security storage container of the present invention.

FIG. 60 is a sectional view taken along line

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60 of FIG.

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FIG. 61 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the security storage container of the present invention.

FIG. 62 is a sectional view taken along line

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62 of FIG.

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FIG. 63 is a view similar to FIG. 62 showing a key being inserted into the lock to remove the lock from the container.

FIG. 64 is a view similar to FIG. 62 showing the lock being removed from the container.

FIG. 65 is a top plan view of another embodiment of the lockable media storage box of the present invention with the lid in the open position.

FIG. 66 is a front view of the front of the base with the locking member in the unlocked position.

FIG. 67 is a sectional view taken in front of the locking members looking into the storage container with the lid in the closed position.

FIG. 68 is a sectional view looking down through the locking members and portions of the front walls of the lid and base.

FIG. 69 is a front view similar to FIG. 66 with the lid closed and the lock members in the locked position.

FIG. 70 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 67 showing the locking members in the locked position.

FIG. 71 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 68 showing the locking members in the locked position.

FIG. 72 is a sectional view taken with the lid in the closed position showing the two locking holes in the lock tab.

FIG. 73 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 68 showing an alternative embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 74 is a view similar to FIG. 73 showing the lock members in the locked position.

FIG. 75 is a top plan view of another embodiment of the lockable storage box of the present invention with the lid in the open position.

FIG. 76 is a sectional view taken substantially along line

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76 of FIG.

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FIG. 77 is a front elevational view of the front wall of the base of the storage container.

FIG. 78 is an enlarged top plan view of the locking mechanism of the base with a portion of the front wall of the base broken away to show the opening for the key.

FIG. 79 is a sectional view taken substantially along line

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79 of FIG.

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FIG. 80 is an enlarged view of the encircled portion of FIG.

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FIG. 81 is a view similar to FIG. 77 showing the lid in the closed position and the lock being moved to the locked position.

FIG. 82 is a sectional view looking down on the lock mechanism with the lock in the locked position and portions of the front wall of the lid broken away for clarity.

FIG. 83 is a view similar to FIG. 79 with the locking mechanism in the locked position.

FIG. 84 is an enlarged view of the encircled portion of FIG.

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FIG. 85 is a sectional view taken along line

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85 of FIG.

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FIG. 86 is a top plan view of another embodiment of the lockable media storage box of the present invention with the lid in the open position.

FIG. 87 is a front elevational view of the front wall of the base of the container.

FIG. 88 is a bottom plan view of FIG.

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FIG. 89 is an enlarged top plan view of the locking mechanism and front wall of the base.

FIG. 90 is a sectional view taken along line

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90 of FIG.

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FIG. 91 is a sectional view taken along line

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91 of FIG.

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FIG. 92 is a sectional view taken along line

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92 of FIG.

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FIG. 93 is an enlarged view of the encircled portion of FIG.

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FIG. 94 is a view taken along line

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94 of FIG.

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FIG. 95 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 89 taken from just below the top wall of the lid looking down on the lock mechanism with the lock mechanism in the unlocked position.

FIG. 96 is a sectional view taken along line

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96 of FIG.

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FIG. 97 is an enlarged view of the encircled portion of FIG.

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FIG. 98 is a view taken along line

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98 of FIG.

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FIG. 99 is a view similar to FIG. 95 showing the locking mechanism in the locked position.

FIG. 100 is a sectional view taken along line

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100 of FIG.

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FIG. 101 is a sectional view taken along line

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101 of FIG.

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FIG. 102 is a sectional view taken along line

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102 of FIG.

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FIG. 103 is an enlarged view of the encircled portion of FIG.

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FIG. 104 is a view taken along line

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104 of FIG.

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FIG. 105 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the security storage container of the present invention showing the lock removed from the container.

FIG. 106 is a perspective view of the security storage container of FIG. 105 with the lock in the locked position.

FIG. 107 is a top plan view of the security storage container of FIG. 105 in an open, unlocked position.

FIG. 108 is a sectional view taken along line

108

108 of FIG.

105.

FIG. 109 is a sectional view taken along line

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109 of FIG.

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FIG. 110 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the security storage container of the present invention showing the lock removed from the container.

FIG. 111 is a perspective view of the security storage container of FIG. 110 with the lock in the locked position.

FIG. 112 is a sectional view taken along line

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112 of FIG. 111 from just inside the front of the lock.

FIG. 113 is a sectional view taken along line

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113 of FIG.

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FIG. 114 is a sectional view taken along line

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114 of FIG.

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FIG. 115 is a view similar to FIG. 112 showing the lock in the locked position.

FIG. 116 is a view similar to FIG. 114 showing a key being used to move the lock to the unlocked position.

FIG. 117 is a view similar to FIG. 116 showing the lock being removed from the container.

Similar numbers refer to similar parts throughout the specification.

Claims

1. A security storage container comprising:

2. The container of claim 1, wherein:

3. The container of claim 2, wherein:

4. The container of claim 3, wherein the front wall of the lid and base each include a rear wall defining a portion of the lock reception cavity; the locking holes being defined by the rear walls.

5. The container of claim 4, wherein the lock is disposed in the lock reception cavity.

6. The container of claim 5, wherein no portion of the lock protrudes outside of the lock reception cavity.

7. The container of claim 1, wherein each lock finger is biased to the locked position.

8. The container of claim 7, wherein each lock finger includes a central curved area that protrudes away from the lock when the lock finger is in the locked position.

9. The container of claim 1, wherein the first lock finger only engages the base and the second lock finger only engages the lid.

10. The container of claim 1, wherein the lock carries an EAS tag.

11. The container of claim 1, wherein at least one of the lock fingers includes a curved middle portion with guide legs extending from each side of the curved middle portion.

12. The container of claim 11, further comprising a guide arm extending substantially perpendicular to the guide legs.

13. A security storage container comprising:

14. The container of claim 13, wherein the base includes a hinge wall; the lock being connected opposite the hinge wall.

15. The container of claim 14, wherein the lock defines a key hole disposed adjacent each lock finger.

16. A security storage container comprising:

17. The container of claim 16, wherein the lock includes first and second portions with the first lock finger connected to the first portion and the second lock finger is connected to the second portion; the lock being unlocked by separating the first and second portions of the lock.

18. The container of claim 17, wherein the lock includes at least one opening that separates the first portion from the second portion.

19. The container of claim 17, wherein the lock defines a line of severance between the first portion and the second portion.

20. The container of claim 17, wherein the first and second portions of the lock are connected by at least one bar that is configured to be broken to unlock the lock.

21. The container of claim 16, wherein the lock fingers snap fit with the protuberances.

22. The container of claim 16, wherein the base and lid define holes that receive portions of the lock fingers; the holes being sized to prevent the lock fingers from disengaging the protuberances.

23. The container of claim 16, wherein the base and lid define holes that receive portions of the lock fingers; the holes being sized to allow the lock fingers to disengaging the protuberances.

24. The container of claim 16, wherein the lock is disposed entirely within the lock reception cavity.

25. The container of claim 16, wherein the lock carries an EAS tag.

26. A lockable media storage container comprising:

27. The container of claim 26, wherein the lock slide is positioned between the hub and the front wail of the base when the lid is in the closed position.

28. The container of claim 27, wherein the front wall of the base defines an opening; a portion of the lock slide being accessible through the opening in the front wall of the base.

29. The container of claim 28, wherein the front wall defines a recessed central area; the opening in the front wall being disposed in the recessed central area of the front wall.

30. The container of claim 26, wherein each of the locking fingers pivots between its locked and unlocked positions.

31. The container of claim 30, wherein the lock slide is carried by the base of the container body and the container further comprising a pair of spaced hooked lock fingers connected to the lock slide; the hooked lock fingers engaging the lid when the lock slide is in the locked position.

32. The container of claim 31, further comprising a mechanically-actuated locking finger connected to the lock slide; the mechanically-actuated locking finger having a locked position wherein the mechanically-actuated locking finger engages the container body.